From on-demand accessible and conventional transit services to smart payment cards, transit has been modernizing at a steady pace for decades. There are likely more changes to come as disruptive new technologies continue to change the industry. Understanding these technologies and their implications can greatly help in adapting to changes that are already taking place in Canadian communities.
Removing redundant poles from the doors on GO trains may seem like a simple gesture to make more room and make it easier to get on board. It’s actually a major move toward a better transit system overall.
Customers travelling with children in strollers or with luggage have one less barrier to get on the train. Everyone ends up boarding quicker and is more likely to enjoy the experience, while service remains unaffected.
A driverless shuttle could soon serve as a missing link for many residents who do not have easy access to rapid transit.
According to a report that will go before the public works committee next week, the city is planning to experiment with autonomous vehicle technology by launching a pilot project for the operation of a driverless shuttle sometime in 2020.
If you take public transit in Calgary, you are in for a free art show over the next few weeks, and it's got a connection to a topic that is near and dear for a University of Calgary art instructor.
"I have witnessed a lot of anxiety in the classroom so it seemed like a natural fit to do this project," Dick Averns told The Homestretch.